New Dutch government aircraft PH-GOV transferred to the Netherlands
18 June 2019
The new government aircraft, the PH-GOV, has been officially transferred to the Netherlands. On the aviation register, the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate has officially registered the Dutch government as the owner of the aircraft, which will arrive at Woensdrecht Air Base on Tuesday morning. KLM will be responsible for operating the government aircraft. This means that the airline will be supplying the flight crews and taking care of the aircraft’s maintenance. In the weeks ahead, Fokker will be preparing the government aircraft at Woensdrecht Air Base for its operation by KLM. It is expected to be available as the government aircraft with effect from early August. Its home base will be Schiphol Airport.
The new government aircraft is a Boeing 737 BBJ, manufactured by Boeing in Seattle. Its interior has been assembled by Fokker at Woensdrecht Air Base. The aircraft seats 26 passengers.
John Pritchard, CEO of GKN Fokker: ‘It is wonderful for us to be involved in the new government aircraft once again, and to be able to support government transport in this way. GKN Fokker Technologies is responsible for the production of the aircraft’s interior, and will remain responsible for the cabin equipment in the years ahead. The fact that we can carry out such highly specialist work in the Netherlands is unique. We are looking forward to the collaboration.’
Rene de Groot, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of KLM: ‘KLM is proud to be entrusted with the management of the future Dutch government aircraft, the PH-GOV. We will commit all our know-how and expertise to make this a success in the purview of the Dutch government.’
On Saturday, 6 July, starting at 10.30 AM, the public will be able to view the aircraft from the outside and to take photos. The airbase has prepared a location for visitors featuring information on the new government aircraft and its interior. Those interested can register via www.bezoekdephgov.nl. Registration will open on Tuesday, 18 June, 2.00 PM and close no later than 29 June, or once all the 3000 available places have been reserved. Registration is mandatory with a view to the security measures in place at the airbase. Confirmation of receipt of your registration is required in order to gain access to the airbase.